September 24th, 2012
There is a persistent call here in the United States, particularly in today’s politically charged campaign season, for democracy to take over in the Middle East. We hear it from virtually every quarter — from the White House, from Republicans of almost every hue, and from pundits who write on Middle Eastern affairs. Clearly, America wants democracy to prosper in that region.
And it certainly would be nice. But just how likely is that to happen?
Were you surprised to see the smaller size Addison Independent on newsstands Thursday? We sure were.
Unfortunately the press that normally prints the Addison Independent has been having mechanical problems off and on for the past two weeks. We had the newspaper printed at a different shop this week and, despite our best efforts, it was printed on the wrong size paper — and the normal 21-inch page was shrunk to fit. Good grief.
BRANDON — As a result of recent raids on Brandon residences, police have seized more than two pounds of marijuana and busted a Brandon man for alleged illegal tattooing.
On Sept. 12 officers executed a search warrant at 41 Carver St., Brandon, which Police Chief Christopher Brickell identified as the apartment of 23-year-old Adam Collis and another occupant. As a result of the warrant Collis is facing two criminal charges of possession of marijuana and practicing tattooing without a license. Police also seized tattooing equipment from the residence.
LAKE CHAMPLAIN — Linda Harmon and Doug Mack, who own and operate Mary’s Restaurant at Baldwin Creek on Route 116 in Bristol, were named Vermont Restaurateurs of the Year at the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Gala that set sail on the Spirit of Ethan Allen III on Sept. 12.
Celebrating individuality and achievement, the gala departed from the Burlington waterfront for a scenic evening networking cruise on Lake Champlain, emceed by WCAX-TV’s Gina Bullard.
MIDDLEBURY — For those who question how they could possibly contribute to the reversal of America’s dependency on nonrenewable, finite energy sources, Middlebury resident Greg Pahl’s latest book “Power from the People: a Community Resilience Guide” gives an optimistic answer.
MIDDLEBURY — Deborah Schwarz, founder and president of eCorp English, announced Monday that she has formally closed the Middlebury business she launched early last year with considerable state aid and private investment amid promises of creating more than 100 well-paying jobs by 2013.
“I am crushed by it. It is the dashing of my personal dream,” Schwarz said of the demise of eCorp, a company she established in 2006 and then successfully marketed to state and local officials as a good fit for Middlebury.
SUDBURY — Family and friends of Scott Sgorbati are remembering the friendly, charismatic community member who died of Eastern equine encephalitis on Tuesday, as state health officials in the meantime remind people to take reasonable precautions to prevent spread of the mosquito-borne disease.
Sgorbati, a 49-year-old Sudbury resident and father of two sons, was hospitalized on Aug. 14 after contracting the mosquito-borne disease, and on Tuesday he succumbed.
MIDDLEBURY — By late next year, shopping for health insurance in Vermont will be like shopping for a travel package online, Vermont Department of Vermont Health Access Commissioner Mark Larson told about 20 people gathered at Middlebury’s Ilsley Library on Sept. 13.
Larson was making another stop on his statewide tour explaining the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange, which by 2014 will be the go-to place for many individuals and small businesses to buy health insurance in the state.